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*Updated* The Briggs Cunningham Special Revisited

After a recent post here about the Briggs Cunningham’s DOHC Frontenac Ford “T” sprint car, information has come to light about many of the details surrounding the car. Racing historian Michael Ferner has identified the driver as “Ed” Coffey and the builder of the car as well. Michael tells us: “The Cunningham-Fronty was built by…

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The First Cunningham Sports Car – Part I

By:  Leigh Dorrington The first Cunningham sports car was 5101, constructed by the B.S. Cunningham Company in West Palm Beach, Florida in early 1951.  The first car was built with a Cadillac ohv V-8 similar to those raced by Cunningham at Le Mans in 1950, on a 105”-wheelbase chassis designed and built by Cunningham with…

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Stately Cunninghams

A pair of stylish and exclusive Cunnigham cars, a light and airy sedan above and an open fronted limousine below. Revisit this page on The Old Motor to read all about these find automobiles. Photos courtesy of the Tom Jakeway Collection.

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A Unique Cunningham Roadster

A factory photo of a very unique Cunningham roadster, with an attractive model behind the wheel. We have featured an identical Cunningham that Ralph DePalma set records with on the Sheepshead Bay Board track during 1919, the engine of which you can see below. At least one of these roadsters has survived, which we have…

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A Cunningham Coupe

This Cunningham, from our series of photos, appears as if it maybe a convertible coupe and possibly the same Model V-7? as the last one we looked it. Full information on all models is available on the  William Morris, Cunningham history site. Photo courtesy of the Tom Jakeway collection.

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A Cunningham Model V-7 Roadster

This Cunningham Roadster, is the first in a series of factory photos of the marque that we are delighted to be able to share with you. For a good condensed history of the firm, first visit this Cunningham site compiled by William Morris. This Cunningham which appears to be a model V-7?, was built at what…

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Cunningham Record Breaker

Ralph DePalma is shown at the Sheepshead Bay, two and a half mile board track in a Cunningham on November 17, 1919. DePalma set new records with the V-8 powered roadster, covering six miles in three minutes and 57.80 seconds. He covered ten miles in six minutes and 35.40. The Cunningham was a custom built…

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Watch a Period Wowser Scale Model be Constructed

* Update *  Robert D. Cunningham and others have shown that the car on the video is not a Cord design as first thought, but a Wowser economy car proposal that Gordon Buehrig designed when he went to work at the Budd Manufacturing Company in the fall of 1936. Others have also identified the car…

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The NXI – A Nash Metropolitan Concept Car

* Updated * Be sure to read Robert D. Cunningham’s comment below giving the full details of the development NXI and the introduction of the Metropolitan in 1954. The Nash NXI (Nash Experimental International) dream car served as an inspiration for the Nash Metropolitan, it is reported to have been designed by William J. Flajole in…

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